SGI to Provide Storage Software to U.S. Government

The U.S. Government has tapped into SGI's storage software to provide them with storage and database capabilities.

Silicon Graphics, the Mountain View, Calif. supplier of storage and database software, announced Nov. 17 an order with the U.S. Government for the SGI Altix 4700 system and maintenance services.

The order was made in collaboration with Fed Centric Technologies, a company based in Bethesda, Md., that focuses on supporting applications and infrastructure for the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, and the federal law enforcement and intelligence communities.

"SGI has provided breakthrough solutions to the U.S. Government since the companys inception and were delighted to continue the tradition by working with our partner Fed Centric to fulfill this latest order," said Dennis McKenna, CEO of SGI, in a company statement.

The SGI Altix 4700 system, which is powered by the 128 Dual Core Intel Itanium 2 9000 Series Processors, allows users to use considerable amounts of low-cost memory, giving them the ability to assimilate real-time, in-memory database technologies such as Oracle TimesTen, while also being able to reduce the cost on hardware, software licensing and power.

The SGI Altix 47000 platform is composed of modular blades—interchangeable compute, memory, I/O as well as the NUMAlink architecture, which lets users jumble and match eight standardized blade choices.

"The SGI Altix family provides the power, scalability and flexibility that these demanding users require to dramatically shorten their time to results," said McKeena in the same company statement.

Gerry Kolosvary, founder of Fed Centric, said that this new SGI software also uses the shared memory NUMAflex architecture, which simplifies software development, workload management and system administration.

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"The SGI Altix 4700 features a unique shared-memory architecture that makes it possible to efficiently work with even the largest data sets entirely in memory—an advantage that translates into faster insights and more in depth analysis and in time-sensitive research and analysis environments," Kolosvary said in a company statement.

The SGI Altix 4700 system and maintenances services is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2007.

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